SIKH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2010: FEATURE
Harvest of Grief
Director: Anwar Jamal; Producer: Rasil Singh Basu
Harvest of Grief is a documentary that deals with farmers' suicides in southern Punjab’s Sangrur district due to indebtedness from the high cost of inputs (water, mechanized farming, chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers) that resulted in low economic return.
The alarming agricultural scenario in Punjab has been caused by a chain of disruptive historical events and myopic governmental policies. Punjab has been at the receiving end of the adverse effects of the Green Revolution and the process of trade liberalization and globalization.
The film reveals the overwhelming forces behind the worsening agricultural scenario through the tragic stories of seven families of suicide victims.
The film also records the views of agricultural scientists and grass-roots activists.